I spotted these on Pinterest & remembered having them growing up. What a cute way to put color into cookies & the holidays! The color comes from the Jello, not extra food coloring :) And what I love is you can use any Jell-o flavor/color! The cookies taste like good, bakery-style cookies with a mere hint of the gelatin flavoring. And you can gussy them up with sprinkles!!! I <3 sprinkles.
St. Patrick's Day Jell-O Cookies
slightly adapted from Gwenny Penny
- 3/4 cup of margarine or butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3oz package of Jello gelatin (any flavor will do, but I used lime)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2½ cups of flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- sprinkles (optional)
Cream together your first five ingredients: margarine or butter, sugar, dry Jello powder, eggs, & vanilla.
Carefully add the remaining ingredients: flour, baking powder, & salt. Mix well.
Grease & flour baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
Roll the dough into 1½" balls & place on the baking sheets. It helps to add a little flour to your hands before rolling. I actually used my melon baller, sprayed with cooking spray first), then using the back of the melon baller, pushed down onto the "lump" of cookie dough.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. They are done when you just start to see a light brown ring begin to creep up from the very bottom of the cookie. Move to a cooling rack & enjoy!
This is a great all-purpose recipe... you can change up the color and decorations to match any holiday or occasion. And Jello comes in so many flavors, there are lots of possibilities. Have fun with it!